Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Book review: iParent

Even though my kids are young, they have an amazing ability to work pretty much every piece of technology that my husband and I own. I'm always shocked when I see how easy it is for them to do things that it took me some time to figure out!  Technology is such a big influence on the lives of children these days, and it is something that I think about often. So I was very interested when I heard about a new book: iParent- Gender Trends, Online Friends & the Soul of Your Child. Here's a bit about this book:
Parents know that technology is accelerating and threatening to engulf their adolescents. Yet the magnitude and implications of today’s trends remain difficult to imagine. The heart, mind, and healthy gender of your child is at stake. Can young men enter the passive land of boys & toys without being trapped until age 30? Can young girls wield the power of social networking without cementing their personalities as controllers and manipulators? Can either withstand the trickle down from the adult and college culture where sexuality is a human right, divorced from any meaningful type of relationship? This book identifies the trends, alerts us to their exponential speed, and offers practical wisdom in leading our kids through perilous times.
This book was written by Don Pearson, who has worked in youth ministry for 28 years, and is also the father of three grown children.  So he knows what he's talking about in this book! iParent has a lot of stories and statistics that lift the curtain and show the reality of what the modern teenage life looks like, as well as practical ideas for what parents, and Bible verses to pray into your child's life.  I thought that iParent was very well-written, very informative and gave me a lot to think about.  I also thought that it was one of the most terrifying things I've read in a long time- the teenage years are still a bit off for us, but I know they'll be here soon!

If you have teenagers or pre-teens, I really suggest that you take a look at this book.  Like the old saying goes, forewarned is forearmed! Happy reading!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.